Re: define difficult


Where is the best place to go if you don't know how to spell the word you want?

Bob S.

----- Original Message ----- From: "alicia" <astarner@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: define difficult


That is really cool. I will keep that little trick at my disposal too. Thanks for the information. This will definitely make things a lot easier as I continue in my study of medical words.

Alicia

"The chief handicap of the blind is not blindness, but the attitude of
seeing people towards them."
- Helen Keller, 1925


----- Original Message ----- From: "Blake Sinnett" <frequency660@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 9:25 PM
Subject: Re: define difficult


Or, if you wanted to get a definition even quicker, go to google, and type in the search box:

define:difficult

Then, press enter. Once the page has loaded, just hit l to jump to the list of definitions. Quite cool.


From: "alicia" <astarner@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: define difficult
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 21:18:13 -0600

Yardbird:

This is really cool. Thanks for sharing this with us. I will be using this allot in the future for looking up words I come across in my college textbooks.

Alicia

"The chief handicap of the blind is not blindness, but the attitude of
seeing people towards them."
- Helen Keller, 1925


----- Original Message ----- From: "Yardbird" <yardbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "JFW List" <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 9:02 PM
Subject: Fw: define difficult


Here's an example. I created a new message to wsmith@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, and in
the subject line, typed only
define difficult

And sent it off. Here's the reply:


----- Original Message ----- From: "Wordsmith" <wsmith@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <yardbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 6:16 PM
Subject: define difficult


2 definitions found

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:

 Difficult \Dif"fi*cult\, v. t.
    To render difficult; to impede; to perplex. [R.] --Sir W.
    Temple.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:

 Difficult \Dif"fi*cult\, a. [From {Difficulty}.]
    1. Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended
       with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous.

    Note: Difficult implies the notion that considerable mental
          effort or skill is required, or that obstacles are to
          be overcome which call for sagacity and skill in the
          agent; as, a difficult task; hard work is not always
          difficult work; a difficult operation in surgery; a
          difficult passage in an author.

                There is not the strength or courage left me to
                venture into the wide, strange, and difficult
                world, alone.                      --Hawthorne.

    2. Hard to manage or to please; not easily wrought upon;
       austere; stubborn; as, a difficult person.

    Syn: Arduous; painful; crabbed; perplexed; laborious;
         unaccommodating; troublesome. See {Arduous}.

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